January 15, 2014

Surviving and Thriving During Transitions

        Students often find it difficult to budget their time during transitions.  Even small transitions like coming back from holiday break or beginning a sports season can trigger stress and a drop in grades for some students.  Here are a few tips for students about coping with transitions.

-Anticipate changes and plan for them.  If you know your schedule will be changing think about when you will find time for schoolwork and who might be available to help during that time.  You may want to discuss this with a trusted adult.

-Check your grades often.  Be sure to visit with teachers about grades that are lower than a C or grades that are going down.  Ask for advice from friends, parents, teachers, or counselors.

-Form a study team with fellow athletic team members.  Study together before or after school and hold one another accountable for good grades.  Compete against another study team for the best grade averages (basketball players vs. wrestlers).

-Don't wait until you have a failing grade to seek help.  It is much easier to turn things around if you address the problem early.  Don't be afraid to ask for help from a teacher or from your parents. 

        Belonging to a team or starting a new job or activity needn't sidetrack your studies.  A little planning can go a long way toward maintaining a GPA you can be proud of in 2014.